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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - June 2020

Jun 2020

Jun 29, 2020

World Bank Clears $500 mn to Improve Quality of Education System

  • The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved USD 500 million (about Rs 3,700 crore) loan to improve quality and governance of school education in six Indian states. The board approved a loan for Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS) in June 2020.
  • Some 250 million students (between the age of 6 and 17) in 1.5 million schools, and over 10 million teachers will benefit from the program. The STARS program builds on the long partnership between India and the World Bank (since 1994), for strengthening public school education and to support the country's goal of providing Education for All," it said. Prior to STARS, the bank had provided a total assistance of more than USD 3 billion towards this goal.

Jun 26, 2020

IIT-Delhi and Bombay to Conduct Classes Online in Next Semester

  • Two of India's most-premier educational institutions – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) -Delhi and IIT-Bombay – said that all classes for the next semester will conducted completely online in view of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
  • IIT-Delhi director V. Ramgopal Rao said that the institute will follow the recommendations made by a sub-committee on the minimum common strategy to be followed by IITs.
  • According to the sub-committee's report, submitted to the IIT council's standing committee in June, classes for the first semester of the 2020-21 academic year will be conducted online for all courses.
  • The situation will be reviewed again in October 2020.

Jun 25, 2020

Government of Haryana and Reliance Jio TV Partner to Educate 52 Lakh Students

  • Kanwar Pal, Education Minister of Haryana announced that The Government of Haryana under the Chief Minister's Distance Education Programme signed an agreement with Reliance Jio TV to benefit around 52 lakh rural students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The four channels of EDUSAT can be accessed through television, Laptop, desktop, tablets and smartphones for free of cost which will be available on the Jio platform.
  • The contents aired on the television will be available on Jio TV for a week so that the students can access the content to their convenience and time.
  • This will also provide materials for the students preparing for competitive exams like JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) and NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test).

Jun 22, 2020

NTA Launches 'National Test Abhyas' App, Has Questions in Hindi

  • The National Test Abhyas app, launched by National Testing Agency (NTA) has come up with new offers for students. The app offers JEE, NEET mock tests that will now provide the questions in the Hindi language too. Earlier, the app only had questions in the English language.
  • Students can now download the app from Google Play Store. Those who are already using the app will have to update their app from Google Play Store to avail the new feature of Hindi questions.
  • The National Test Abhyas app provides free mock tests to the JEE and NEET aspirants.
  • Students get one full-length question paper for JEEmain, advanced and NEETexams daily.
  • The duration to attempt the questions is of three hours.

Jun 20, 2020

IIT-Delhi, United Nations to Offer Research-based Solution to Storage, Supply of Food Grains

  • The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) India and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi have collaborated to develop innovative solutions for the government's food safety nets through operations research. The collaboration aims to support governments in achieving food and nutrition security targets.
  • The overall objective of this partnership is to use advanced analytics and operations research to develop practical solutions that support long-term strategic planning of procurement, storage, and movement of food grains by agencies such as the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and at the same time create cost-effective supply chain networks for distribution of these food grains under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) at the state level.
  • Through their research, both IIT-Delhi and WFP will work with the state and central government. The IIT and UN aim to optimise the supply chain and analyse important operational data such as current stocks, projected harvest yields and consumption figures. Through this research, the institutes will identify the challenges and offer solutions.
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